Getting all your clothes in order can be a huge and overwhelming task. If you have tons of clothes in your closet, it can be hard to wrap your head around the entire process of organizing everything. Where do you even begin? How do you sort all the pieces of clothing hanging in your closet or tucked away in some hidden corner? Why do you even have to do it?
Let’s first talk about the reason why you need to organize your closet. Closet organization basically adds structure to your entire wardrobe, and this ultimately provides a more efficient way of building your outfits when it’s time to dress. Moreover, it means less hassle and quicker prep time for you.
3 steps to an organized closet
You only need to carry out three steps to achieve an organized closet. By following this simple method, you’ll definitely see big improvements in your wardrobe. You’ll be able to realize that so much space are being wasted on clothes that you forgot existed.
- Make an inventory of the items you have.
Place similar items together so that your clothes are easily categorized by type. For instance, put all pants together, all tops together, all dresses together, etc. Further organize them according to color such as from light to dark. This makes it easier for you to know which part of your closet you need to look into when you’re searching for a specific item.
- Create a best-of list for each clothing category.
Pick your top ten items from each category so you’ll have ten pairs of pants, ten tops, ten skirts, ten blouses, and ten dresses that you really like. The rest that you didn’t select can go. If they’re not your top pick, you will probably never wear them. They’ll just take up space in your closet.
- Invite a friend to be your critique.
Getting someone else’s perspective will help shed light on the cleaning process. It would be best to have one of your good friends to come over, someone who can be brutally honest and tell you point blank if an item should really, really go. We tend to go soft as we start letting go of more and more clothes; that’s why having someone else to keep you on track would surely be helpful.
Other tips to get you through closet cleaning
If you don’t have an afternoon to go through the purging process, here’s a closet cleaning hack that might work for you:
Flip all of your hangers in one direction, and as you wear each piece of clothing, turn the hanger around to mark that you’ve used that particular item. Do this for 30 days and at the end of this time period, remove all the pieces that are still facing the original direction.
It would also help if you could identify clothes that can be paired with various other pieces. For instance, if you have a top that goes well with each of your basic bottoms, you certainly have a keeper. The same goes with pants — if it can go with five or six top options, you’re getting the best bang for your buck. Always look for new ways to match your items and make what you already have look new and fresh. If you notice you’re lacking some staples, make a list of what you need more of to complete your wardrobe.